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Educ Kit- Cityzening

Educ Kit- Cityzening

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Cityzening
Education Guide
 
PARTICIPATING ARTISTSAnton del CastilloBlack Baroque CommitteeChoon Lin JooEsther Yip Lai ManFrancis YuIrma LacorteJaffa LamJason WeeJittagarn Kaewtinkoy Kwok Hin TangLing Nah TangLuke ChingMark SalvatusMichael LeeMideo CruzMimi TecsonPreeyachanok KetsuwanRuthairat KumsrichanSiu Kee HoSong Ming AngThosapol BoriboonUrich LauVichaya MukdamaneeWai Ping TamWantanee SiripattananuntakuWarawut TourawongWesley Valenzuela
The What of the CITY?
(Excerpt from CITYZENING Catalogue)In our collective sojourn, the city was defined assomething more than a place or location. It iswhere the local and the global do exist, but do notmatter. It is a dimension, an idea, an instance, anoccasion and/or an event that exists in theeveryday and the other days. It is not a boundary but the extent which cover preferences, choices,habits, actions and reactions. It is a system wherehard and soft goods are traded with or againstnecessities or luxuries.And it is through this system where the ability of man to reassign being is optimized. Reassigningbeing is not simply changing suit; it is the ability toadapt to change; it is the willingness to at leastreflect and (eventually) adapt the new; by referencing or being mindful (at most times) towhat was old, what was usual or what have been.In this spirit, the citizen or people who live in thecity are reassigned as the cityzen or people whoare cities. Cityzenship is what we experience orhow we chose to experience what we are. And thatwe are cityzens by virtue of how we act on what wechose to act on.
CITYZENING 
is the act of being a cityzen; andcityzenship is the inclusion in the process or seriesof cityzening. These are thoughts and actions of exercising the cerebral aerobics (to some extentacrobatics) that is vested on those who recognizeit.In this exhibit,
Cityzening 
, the artists shares theirviews, their own definition, and their own questionsof their cityzenship.The works are grouped in three main themes torepresent three actors or factors in cityzening—
Inthis site
focuses on space;
Crowding source
onpeople; and
Source crowding
on ownable things.Dayang MNT YraolaSpearhead & Curator, Project Glocal 2012
 
Cityzening
Education Guide
 
IN THIS SITE
1)
 
A city is a place composed of complex structures, roads and streets infrastructure,and transportation systems. How does your city look like? What type of buildings,establishments, and landmarks does your city have?Draw a map of your city in the box below. Mark the location of your house and theplaces you usually go to (e.g. school, work place, church, etc). Don’t forget to putthe name of the streets, buildings, and other landmarks that you usually pass by oryou deem important in your city.2)
 
City life is an experience in itself. You can go to different places, meet new people,and encounter new activities.a)
 
How does it feel to live in your city? Do the structures around you make youreveryday life comfortable? Or do these make city dwelling more complicated?b)
 
What is your typical activity in the city? Where do you usually hang out? Do yougo to a school, or shop in a mall, or take a leisurely walk in the park?3)
 
Your house is also a special place in the city; it is where you stay, where you feelmost comfortable, and where you share good memories with family and friends.a)
 
Look at Mark Salvatus’s installation titled
Model City (Phase III)
. These arecutouts from brochures of site constructions, mostly those of the condominiumand residential buildings. Do you live in one of these? If yes, share yourexperiences of living in this communal space. If not, what are your thoughtsabout living in a condominium? Do you want to live here? Why or why not?
 
Cityzening
Education Guide
 
b)
 
Refer to Tang Ling Nah’s
Finding a home, building one and tearing one.
Do youthink your home in the city can be permanent? How does the notion of thehouse/home as a shelter transform into a consumerist object? Do you believethat nowadays the house can also represent people’s socioeconomic status?What is your ideal home? If you are going to buy a house, what kind of house isit? Describe it in the box below or cut a sample from an advertisement.4)
 
Buildings in the city are used for a particular activity (e.g. business, sales,education, leisure, worship, etc).a)
 
How do you differentiate the residential, commercial/business and industrialareas of your city from each other? How are the structures designed specifically for their function?b)
 
Watch the video installation
Reminiscences of the Eastern Capital 
by Tang KwokHin. What kind of space does it feature? What is the everyday activity beingshown in the video? How do the people respond and react? Is it a routine forthem? How do you think does the space shape the people’s behavior andvalues?c)
 
Structures in the city sometimes have a distinct architecture that gives the city itsown character. What style of architecture does your city have?5)
 
Roads and vehicles are important elements in the transportation system of the city.a)
 
Look at the work
Video Car: Vision Collision 
by Urich Lau. Do you recognize theobject used in the installation? What type of Filipino vehicle is it? Do you ride in

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